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Editorial – February 2014: Scam of the Earth (editorial by GF Willmetts).

February 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – February 2014: Scam of the Earth (editorial by GF Willmetts).

Scam of the Earth.  Hello everyone The world is full of fakery and I’m left in a quandary. I mean, you would have thought the average human would have wised up to at least some of the scams that are going on, not just on the Internet but in the real world as well. When […]

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Which Of The SF Sub-Genres Is Safe Or Unsafe And Why? An examination by: GF Willmetts (article).

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Which Of The SF Sub-Genres Is Safe Or Unsafe And Why? An examination by: GF Willmetts (article).

After last month’s editorial, I thought it would make sense to have a look at the baker’s dozen of Science Fiction sub-genres and which I classify as safe or need expanding. After a few recounts and additions, it became more than thirteen than Wikipedia thinks is out there. The one thing all these seventeen sub-genres […]

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Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll (book review).

January 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll (book review).

I’ve learnt a lot examining how films are structured from Michael Wiese Productions books. With ‘Cinematic Storytelling’ by Jennifer Van Sijll, it’s time to examine how various directors make the best of crucial scenes to set the mood that the viewer interprets. Having one hundred recognised conventions shown will not leave much that isn’t covered, […]

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The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. (book review).

January 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. (book review).

I think the title ‘The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction’ is something of a misnomer. Author Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. uses the ‘Beauty’ label as a descriptive for various aspects of Science Fiction, not as a selection choice for pretty characters or actors who’ve been significant in SF. As such, he introduces you to a variety […]

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The Physics Of War by Barry Parker (book review).

January 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Physics Of War by Barry Parker (book review).

Books can sometimes be a surprise. Case in point is Barry Parker’s ‘The Physics Of War’, where as the sub-title says ‘From Arrows To Atoms’. In other words, it’s about the development of weapons over the centuries. Parker points out from the start that the weapons of war developed as a means to have an […]

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Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines by John Schimmel (book review).

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Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines by John Schimmel (book review).

John Schimmel didn’t start off as a producer but as a bass player and scriptwriter. Much of the opening of his book, ‘Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines’, explains how he started switched from running the Story Department to being a producer at Warner Bros. As such, he’s seen both sides of the fence. An interesting statistic […]

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Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene (book review).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene (book review).

Morality works in two ways, individually or group. Joshua Greene’s book, ‘Moral Tribes’, looks at both especially at what differentiates us from ‘them’. As we are often regarded as ‘them’ for our geeky interests in things like Science Fiction, I thought it would be interesting to see was covered that I haven’t read before. Greene […]

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The Science Of Miracles by Joe Nickell (book review).

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Miracles by Joe Nickell (book review).

As a full-time professional paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell has been spending considerable time investigating all claims of miracles. This book, ‘The Science Of Miracles’, in 57 chapters is the accumulation of this work. As such, he applies scientific method to the claims and divides the fraud from the misinterpreted, as well as showing how people […]

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Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

December 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

If you thought all of Michael Wiese Production books used American authors, then this will show different as Robert Grant, the author of ‘Writing The Science Fiction Film’ is British, a Londoner in fact. As with all of the Wiese books, these are designed for use at film schools or for potential film-makers to provide […]

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UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

In more recent years, I’ve tended to become a lot more ambivalent when it comes to UFO sightings. Going back through history, although this book starts in 1892, Man has always seen odd things in the skies. Once they were thought to be gods and monsters, then airships and, from the 1930s on, alien spacecraft. […]

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